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2019 courses and workshops

details may be found below for the following courses

Beginner's silver jewellery making classes

Improver's silver jewellery making classes

Gemmology courses

Precious Metal Clay (PMC) classes

Having the amazing opportunity to look at some of the pieces within the Ashmolean's collection "up close and personal" as part of the day there makes it one of my favourite places to teach a workshop.  This workshop helped mark the re-opening of the Egyptian galleries
JASSO (Jewellery And Silver Society Oxford)

The summer 2019 term of Beginner's silver jewellery making classes is now available to book. Taking students on a project-based journey through some of the techniques involved in crafting jewellery by hand, building on previously explored skills as we progress. The dates for the 10 week Friday afternoon (1.30-4.30pm) course are 26 April, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 14 June, 21 June, 28 June, 5 July, 12 July, 19 July.  

Friday morning Improver's silver jewellery making classes from 10am to 1pm are also available to book. These are a mixture of set projects, demonstrations of new techniques and students exploring and working through their own designs.  Term dates are the same as the beginner's classes above.

NEW for summer 2019 term - to allow those who are busy during the week to continue exploring making silver jewellery, a Saturday afternoon Improver's silver jewellery making class (1.30-4.30pm) is now available to book.  As with the Friday classes, these are a mixture of set projects, demonstrations of new techniques and students exploring and working through their own designs.  Term dates are 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 22 June, 29 June, 13 July, 20 July and 27 July.

Introduction to Gemmology Day on Sunday 6 October. Have you ever wondered how gemmologists identify different gemstones - how you would tell an aquamarine from a sky blue topaz... This day covers some of the physical properties of gemstones and how these can be used to identify them - a fun mix of theory (a bit of science) and using gemmologists' tools to see these for yourself. An opportunity for me to share both my passion for the subject and my gem collection!

PMC Sundays at JASSO on Sunday 28 April and Sunday 10 November.  For beginners and those who have used PMC before to come together and spend a day having fun and being creative!  Beginners are given a couple of set projects for the day to allow them to experience the possibilities of this amazing material while those who have used it before are encouraged to experiment on their own designs and projects with tutor guidance. 

Please contact me if you would like more details.  


Kingham Jewellery School

Introduction to Gemmology Day on Saturday 15 June. Have you ever wondered how gemmologists identify different gemstones - how you would tell an aquamarine from a sky blue topaz... This day covers some of the physical properties of gemstones and how these can be used to identify them - a fun mix of theory (a bit of science) and using gemmologists' tools to see these for yourself. An opportunity for me to share both my passion for the subject and my gem collection!

Further details and how to book are available on their website or please contact me if you would like further details.  


Oxfordshire Arts - East Hendred

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay (PMC) on Saturday 30 March. A day to explore this amazing material in a stunning new ceramics studio.  If you have heard about PMC and have always wanted to try working with it, this is the day for you.  Developed for beginners, this day features two projects which allow students to experience working with this material in 2 of its forms - as lump clay and as slip or paste.

Further details and how to book are available on their website or please contact me if you would like further details.  


Oakwood Centre, Woodley

Introduction to Gemmology Days on Saturday 6 April and Saturday 6 July. Have you ever wondered how gemmologists identify different gemstones - how you would tell an aquamarine from a sky blue topaz... This day covers some of the physical properties of gemstones and how these can be used to identify them - a fun mix of theory (a bit of science) and using gemmologists' tools to see these for yourself. An opportunity for me to share both my passion for the subject and my gem collection!

Further details and how to book are available from the organiser, Jan Richardson, or please contact me if you would like further details.  


Further gemmology days are currently being developed which will follow on from the Introduction days for those like myself who are obsessed with gems!  They will explore some of the different species and their associated varieties as well as proving more opportunities to study the stones using gemmological instruments. Please contact me if you would like to be added to the mailing list for further details once they are released.


Jewellery tutors - if you have a group of students who would like to learn about gemmology do contact me as I am happy to visit and teach one day gemmology workshops for you.


Looking for a speaker? 
If you are looking for a speaker to talk about gems, diamonds, gemmology or jewellery I am happy to share my passion for what I do!  Please contact me to discuss talks available or subjects you might like me to cover.
PMC pieces featuring Keom Boo gold foil made during the workshop at the Ashmolean to tie in with their 
Heracles to Alexander the Great exhibition
Stone set rings made on a one day workshop
 
 
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